PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don't back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We'll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.
So if you've managed to go this long without implementing a good backup system, read on. We've put together a quick primer on the 6 forms of data backup available to you. Pick two, spend 30 minutes setting them up, and you'll never have to worry about your data again.
Local backup software allows you to keep incremental, versioned backups of your most important files
Pro: Incremental backup saves previous versions of files, without saving the full file each time it’s updated. Backup software may be free from your hard drive manufacturerE
Con: Requires lots of spare disk space, you’re still screwed backup drive is stolen or damaged along with primary drive